If it feels like the NFL hasn’t been quite the same without Tom Brady on the field, that’s because the highs and lows of Brady’s career have so often intersected with the league’s central storyline: the road to the Super Bowl. Brady’s five championships since 2001 brought the on-field drama of the past decade and a half down to the Patriots’ dominance and the efforts of countless franchises to close the gap. But he was just as present off the field, making a pop culture imprint just as profound (if not as prolific) as his longtime rival Peyton Manning. Below, a look back at the 12 moments that have defined Tom Brady’s career since he entered the league as an overlooked late-round draft pick in 2000.
The 12 most important moments of Tom Brady's career
- From Super Bowls to sketch comedy, Tom Brady’s Hall of Fame career has defined the last decade and a half of NFL history. Here's a look back at the most memorable moments.